of course fabio

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Jezebel has been KILLING IT with their romance coverage this summer – check out Kelly Faircloth’s piece on the recent Romance Writers of America conference in NYC, and why the genre has gotten such a bad rap over the years:

It’s true that romance is often depicted as fundamentally silly, with—of course—Fabio as the crowning absurdity. But why is this particular form of entertainment so consistently a punchline? Why are these women treated as a such a joke? Even thriller writers and Tom Clancy wannabes don’t get so much shit. It’s fairly obvious at a basic level why books written by women about such gendered topics as feelings and relationships wouldn’t be taken even remotely seriously—sexism—but to get a deeper understanding, it makes sense to start with the great romance publishing boom of the early 1980s.

Check out her full piece here.

And, of course, for some great romance recommendations, all of our Summer of Love coverage (and past pieces too) is here!

– Petra